- Conservative leader and activist Logan Luse jumps into the race for Florida House in District 33.
- Luse is the second Republican candidate to file for the seat, competing to succeed Rep. Randy Fine, who is unable to seek reelection due to term limits.
- Luse says his campaign will focus on conservative values, personal freedom, cutting taxes, supporting law enforcement, and eliminating indoctrination from Florida schools.
Under a Facebook caption that reads, “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner,” conservative leader and free-market conservationist Logan Luse is pictured riding a horse while herding cattle as he expounds on the importance of protecting America’s food supply chain. The message is clear: Luse takes environmental conservation seriously – but he believes that goal can only be accomplished by following conservative principles.
Now, Luse has announced that he is running for the Florida House in District 33. The seat is currently held by Rep. Randy Fine, who cannot seek reelection due to term limits.
A Palm Bay resident, Luse is the second Republican candidate to file for the seat, following Chandler Langevin, who officially jumped into the campaign last month. The two are competing to succeed Fine, who has already said he will run for a seat in the Florida Senate next year.
“I know first-hand that freedom and opportunity create far better outcomes than mandates and government handouts,” Luse said in an emailed statement. “Conservative values, faith, self-reliance, and hard work helped me overcome the circumstances of my childhood and are the values we need to focus on in Tallahassee.”
According to his campaign, Luse is the Florida State Director of the American Conservation Coalition, a nonprofit promoting conservation, free-market capitalism, and offering conservative solutions to environmental challenges. The group’s website says it was “founded in June 2017 by a group of Millennials who saw an ideological gap in the environmental movement preventing necessary bipartisan action.” But the group is staunchly conservative in its approach to the issue, arguing that capitalism is the key to solving environmental issues.
“Economic prosperity and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand,” the ACC’s website says. “Strong property rights, competitive markets, and trade, coupled with a culture of environmental stewardship, produce the best environmental outcomes. Economic freedom creates prosperity and gives people the resources and tools they need to care for the environment.”
Luse’s campaign also notes he is “a leader in the Space Coast Young Republicans, National Young Republicans, and serves on several local and county boards.”
“I’ll work with Governor DeSantis to expand personal freedom, defend our constitutional rights, cut taxes, support our law enforcement officers, and eliminate indoctrination from Florida schools,” he added.
The primary election is still more than 17 months away, slated for August 20th, 2024.
Luse’s campaign announcement also hints at a compelling childhood backstory, saying he is “living proof that the Florida Dream is alive and well.” The release notes that Luse “faced a challenging childhood, spending many nights wondering where he would lay his head or find his next meal. Despite this, he was determined to be resilient in the face of adversity.”
House District 33 covers most of Southern Brevard County, including portions of Palm Bay, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, West Melbourne, and Malabar. Fine won the heavily Republican district by 13 points in the 2022 election cycle.